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Tennessee is the 16th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. Its most populous city is Memphis, and its capital is Nashville.

Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and recognition of other forms of same-sex partnership solemnized in other jurisdictions, was approved by voters in November 2006. The constitutional ban is currently being challenged in federal court. The case is Tanco v. Haslam.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Michigan, Kentucky couples take gay marriage cases to U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, November 17, 2014
WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer are plaintiffs in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.
WASHINGTON -- A same-sex couple from Michigan is putting the question of the right to marry nationwide squarely before the Supreme Court. The couple's plea to be allowed to marry was being filed Monday. It asks the justices to hold that state laws prohibiting same-sex couples from getting married violate "our nation's most cherished and essential guarantees."

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Plaintiffs in Tennessee marriage case appeal ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, November 14, 2014
Dr. Sophy Jesty and Dr. Valeria Tanco, of Knoxville, Tenn. (left) are plaintiffs in the federal challenge to Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Three same-sex couples challenging Tennessee’s ban on same-sex marriage and refusal to recognize their out-of-state marriages, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to hear their case after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that state marriage bans do not violate the U.S. Constitution.

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Joy, dismay as gay marriage advocates, opponents assess 6th Circuit ruling

Friday, November 7, 2014
Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
[caption id="attachment_149583" align="alignleft" width="665"][media-credit name="Jeff Swinger, Cincinnati Enquirer (AP)" align="alignleft" width="665"][/media-credit] Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati. [/caption] One side...

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6th Circuit Court upholds same-sex marriage bans in four states

Thursday, November 6, 2014
The Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati is the home of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The court heard arguments in six same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. A ruling in those cases is pending.
CINCINNATI -- A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld same-sex marriage bans in four states, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue and setting up the prospect of Supreme Court review. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard arguments on gay marriage bans or restrictions in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee...

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Court dismisses lawsuit over nullified Nashville non-discrimination law

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Tennessee appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit against Gov. Bill Haslam over a state law that nullified Nashville's nondiscrimination ordinance in 2011, saying the plaintiffs weren't injured by the law.

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U.S. appeals court in Cincinnati key to how and where gay marriage advances

Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati is the home of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The court heard arguments in six same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. A ruling in those cases is pending.
CINCINNATI -- After a series of developments on same-sex marriage this week, there's growing anticipation for a ruling by the federal appeals court based in Cincinnati. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments two months ago on challenges to gay marriage bans in four states. Its eventual ruling could help...

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Marriage News Watch: More states waiting for Supreme Court on marriage rulings

Monday, September 22, 2014
Cynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey exchange wedding vows at City Hall in San Francisco, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
A surprising reveal this week from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg about the court's plans for taking up a marriage case -- or maybe not taking up any. An Arkansas clerk breaks ranks with top state officials, declaring for the first time that the state's marriage ban is unconstitutional. Plus: numerous states freeze their marriage lawsuits...

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Tenn. billboard proclaiming homosexuality ‘is an abomination’ divides town

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Gallatin News Examiner
PORTLAND, Tenn. -- Residents in Portland, Tenn., are divided over a billboard proclaiming homosexuality "is an abomination." Resembling an open Bible, the left side of the billboard quotes an Old Testament passage of Leviticus Chapter 18, Verse 22, "You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination. - God." The billboard's right side states...

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Study: 24,000 transgender voters could be disenfranchised in November

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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LOS ANGELES – Ten states’ strict voter ID laws may create substantial barriers to voting and possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November. According to a new study entitled, “The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election,” authored by the Williams Institute’s ...

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Pastor: Christians should not ‘repent’ for homophobia, gays ‘must be put to death’

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Robby Gallaty
A Tennessee pastor this week said Christians would never repent for discriminating against gays like they had for racism because African-Americans could not change the color of their skin. Raw Story reports that Brainerd Baptist Church Senior Pastor Robby Gallaty devoted his entire hour-long sermon on Sunday to justifying Christian opposition to the sexual orientation ...

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